I Heard the Bells…

We have some incredible bells within the landscape of the Lutheran Heritage Center: the beautiful historic bell at Trinity Church, and the First Church bell, cast in Spain near the same time as our country’s Liberty Bell. I also love the carillon tones from our beloved Immanuel Church in Altenburg. We have already told their … More I Heard the Bells…

Create Your Own Putzen

I began collecting tiny paper Putz houses 15 years ago when then Historical Society Pres., Leonard Kuehnert told me about them. Museum founder, Vernon Meyr had a few of them in his grandparent’s collection. His Christmas ornament collection was used for our very first Christmas exhibit 15 years ago next month. Putzen are traditional small … More Create Your Own Putzen

Noel Nuptials

Yesterday’s story was about how on two separate occasions, Rev. O.R. Hueschen became a father during the very busy Christmas season.  In 1901, this same pastor agreed to perform a marriage ceremony at Grace Lutheran Church in Uniontown on Christmas Day.  Now keep in mind, not only had Rev. Hueschen prepared for several worship services … More Noel Nuptials

A Little Christmas Art History from Director Carla

The beautiful triptych altarpiece that we display as a part of the historic Trinity Lutheran Church, Altenburg collection is a magnificent piece of German religious art.  German Kanzelaltar pieces are works of church art.  A retable altar piece sets on the altar and consists of painted or sculpted panels on wood or vellum (animal skin) in … More A Little Christmas Art History from Director Carla

Stories in the Trees

There will be no story involving family research today.  I want to use today’s post as an opportunity to point out that right now we have several stories on display at our museum.  Those stories are in the trees.  The trees are part of our annual Christmas exhibit here at our museum. First, let me … More Stories in the Trees

German Illustration Art

In college, Children’s Literature was one of my passions, and I was fortunate to study under a great instructor at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.  When I came here in 2005, I was immediately attracted to the numerous German children’s books in the collection.  The stories are mostly silly poems, moralistic tales, with some Bible stories–rather … More German Illustration Art